Nov 092018

The Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto invites applications for admission to our MA and PhD programs for Fall 2019. The department has strengths in theoretical linguistics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, fieldwork on understudied languages, and interfaces across these areas. The faculty has specializations in a wide range of methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative. The department’s open door policy allows students to explore their research interests across sub-disciplines, gaining training in multiple approaches, and shaping their own research projects. Interface across diverse areas of linguistics is highly encouraged.

This fall, the department celebrates fifty great years of research, teaching, and community. Building on this proud tradition of excellence, the department is in the midst of an exciting period of faculty expansion. This year, the department welcomed two new members to our graduate faculty, Barend Beekhuizen (computational linguistics, semantic processing and typology) and Keir Moulton (syntax, semantics, experimental linguistics). This enrichment builds on five new hires in the last three years– Susana Béjar (morphology, syntax), Derek Denis (sociolinguistics), Nathan Sanders (phonology, sign language), Jessamyn Schertz (phonetics, phonology, psycholinguistics), and Guillaume Thomas (semantics, pragmatics, interface with morphosyntax). The department is currently in the process of hiring an additional three faculty members who will join the department from Fall 2019 in the following three areas: syntax/semantics of indigenous languages, theoretical/laboratory phonology, and language acquisition/processing in syntax/semantics.

The current faculty and their primary research areas include the following:

  1. THEORETICAL LINGUISTICS, with an emphasis on formal methods in morphology, semantics, syntax, phonetics, phonology, and pragmatics. The continuing faculty currently doing research and teaching in these areas include: Susana Béjar (morphology, syntax), M. Cristina Cuervo (syntax), Michela Ippolito (semantics), Peter Jurgec (phonology), Arsalan Kahnemuyipour (syntax), Yoongjung Kang (phonetics, phonology), Alexei Kochetov (phonetics), Keir Moulton (syntax, semantics), Keren Rice (phonology, morphology), Nathan Sanders (phonetics, phonology), and Guillaume Thomas (semantics, pragmatics).
  2. PSYCHOLINGUISTICS, with a focus on language acquisition and processing of natural language. The continuing faculty currently working in these areas include: Barend Beekhuizen (computational linguistics, semantic processing and typology), Daphna Heller (sentence processing), Philip Monahan (speech perception, neurolinguistics), Ana Teresa Pérez-Leroux (language acquisition), Jessamyn Schertz (bilingualism, perceptual shift).
  3. SOCIOLINGUISTICS, with a focus on language variation and change. The continuing faculty doing research in this area include: Derek Denis (language variation, discourse-pragmatics), Atiqa Hachimi (sociolinguistics, language and gender), Naomi Nagy (language variation and change, heritage languages), and Sali A. Tagliamonte (language variation and change, Canadian dialects and Internet language).

The department also has a strong interest in fieldwork and the study of understudied languages in Canada and the world. Faculty with fieldwork research projects include: Suzi Lima (Kawaiwete, Brazil; Yudja, Brazil), Keren Rice (Dene, Canada), Nathan Sanders (sign language), and Guillaume Thomas (Mbyá Guaraní, South America)

All graduate students in our program receive funding packages of no less than $17,500 (for 2019-20, with a planned increase of guaranteed minimum to $18,500 by 2021-22), plus tuition and fees, for one year in the MA program and four years in the PhD program. Additional funding is often available through Research Assistantships on the many funded faculty research projects.

The deadline for applications is January 15, 2019, though later applications will be considered if space remains in the program.

For more information about our program, please visit, and click on the “Graduate” link. If you have any further questions, please contact the Graduate Administrator at